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Computex 2014: When we reviewed In Win's amazing D-Frame chassis last year, we gave it 96% - which is nearly as good as it gets. Well, In Win is back with what seems like yet another hit with its shrunken down chassis, the D-Frame Mini.
We were hands-on today at the In Win factory tour, where we got some video footage (that you can watch above) and a slew of pictures for you to drool over. The new D-Frame Mini supports mini-ITX motherboards, which should see some interesting builds in the chassis. On the front of the D-Frame Mini, we have two USB 3.0 ports, something that has slid on over from the bigger brother, as well as two HD audio ports.
Today Alphacool announced a new GPU cooling solution that will see non-reference video cards included in its lineup instead of being left out as tradition dictates. The new custom GPU coolers are part of a new service Alphacool is offering that is based around a new three-part full-coverage GPU block that is designed to be completely modular, making it easier to custom cool any video card.
"Until recently the high cost of developing specialized full cover watercooling blocks has forced manufacturers to focus only on producing blocks for the higher-end cards. With new patented technology Alphacool have the ability to fill this gap in the market by producing full cover water-blocks for any non-reference or lower-end video card," Alphacool said in a release. "The cooler comprises of three parts shown in the image below. Firstly the water-block is designed around the 'core only' concept but is used in conjunction with the custom made base plate that is made specifically for each type of GPU ensuring the perfect fit. A custom made back plate is also included in the package at no extra cost."
GIGABYTE has quite the air-cooling solution in its popular, and very capable WindForce coolers - but the company has just stepped up its game, unveiling its new WaterForce cooler.
GIGABYTE's WaterForce cooling solutions were shown off during the Tech Tour event on April 25, 2014. GIGABYTE's WaterForce solution includes a massive external module that houses the coolant reservoirs, an even bigger radiator with multiple fans, the pumps, and ports for cooling for individual GPUs, that get pushed through to your case through a hub that requires a spare 5.25-inch drive bay.
The company has put some serious time into WaterForce, as the main unit displays temperature for each of the coolant channels, where you can control everything performance-wise, including taking temperatures and noise levels. The tubes then get connected to a WaterForce-capable GPU, which feature full-coverage water blocks that cover the GPU, RAM and VRMs - a nice touch.
Not only that, but the Taiwanese-based company showed off its WaterForce solution using three NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti GPUs, as well as some new solutions. One of which was the new WindForce 600W cooling solution, which should be able to keep some seriously overclocked GPUs cooled - being able to handle thermal loads of an insane 600W and all.
If you have ever bought the parts to build up a new PC, you know that the case can be one of the more expensive parts. Most of us want a case that looks cool and has plenty of cooling, but we don't want to spend a fortune. NZXT has unveiled a new case that ticks all the boxes for most system builders.
The PC chassis is called the Phantom 240 and it sells for $69.99. It comes in white with black trim and has a standard side window. Cooling hardware inside the case includes a pair of the new 120mm FN V2 case fans from NZXT that have better performance and quiet operation.
With its previous flagship CPU cooler, the massive NH-D14, being widely recognized as one of the best CPU coolers ever made, Noctua has once again released a larger-than-life tower cooler to aid in your CPU cooling needs. The all new NH-D15 elite-class dial tower CPU cooler features several major improvements over its predecessor that not only improves performance, but continues Noctua's goal of creating the quietest CPU coolers in the world.
"Having convinced tens of thousands of quiet cooling enthusiasts around the globe, our NH-D14 has become a reference for top-tier dual tower heat sinks," explains Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "In the end, it took us more than three years of continuous development, countless thermal simulations and over hundred samples to come up with a substantial improvement in efficiency. Staying true to our policy of not releasing anything we're not 100% satisfied with, we had to accept some delays in order to squeeze out the last few percent of performance, but now we're proud to finally release the NH-D15 as a worthy successor to the venerable D14."
NZXT makes all sorts of cool cases and accessories for building up your PC like fan controllers. The company has unveiled a new fan controller that should work well and allow you to control multiple fans inside the PC and look good too. The Sentry 3 has a 5.4-inch touchscreen on the font.
That touchscreen allows you to touch and control fans consuming up to 15W on each channel and it has five channels. The device is designed to slip into a vacant 5.25-inch drive bay in your case and can control any 3-pin or 4-pin PWM fan on the market.
Sentry 3 also has a temperature sensor and shows the temperature inside your case on the front panel along with the speed that the fans are spinning at. The touchscreen is capacitive and the controller has a single Molex connector.
Corsair is a company that has been making computer hardware and accessories for years. The company is well known for making some rather nice cases for gamers and PC enthusiasts. If you are in the market for a new chassis for your next build, Corsair has announced a new case called the Obsidian Series 450D.
The case carries an MSRP of $119.99 and will hit the US in April. That makes the case rather affordable and it should have the quality expected of Corsair. The case measures 19.5" x 8.3" x 19.6" and weighs 15.4 pounds.
Corsair equips the case with thumbscrew side panels and tool-free drive bays for easy construction. The case also has dust filters in the front, rear, and top that are easy to access and clean. The cooling system has three 120mm fans included and can hold several more fans.
Today, Corsair announced the launch of three new chassis to its Carbide Series of PC gaming chassis. The new SPEC line of PC gaming cases feature a very aggressive design while still retaining an ultra-modern look. The new SPEC-01, SPEC-02, and SPEC-03 feature amenities for the hard-core air-cooling junkie as well as ample space for those who chose to take a walk down the path of liquid-cooling.
Corsair says that it has designed all three chassis with the extreme gamer in mind, and has stripped away all of the unnecessary clutter which has left the SPEC series lean, mean, and ready for even the most intense gaming PC setup. The chassis support today's extra-long video cards as well as specific mounting points for SSD's. "Entry-level cases are usually antiquated, old designs. Some still have room for floppy drives," said George Makris, Product Manager at Corsair. "With the addition of the Carbide Series SPEC to our line, gamers can now get a case with modern features and great styling combined with superior cooling and expandability at a fantastic price."
Thermaltake brought up a full-tower in its Urban Series: Urban T81. According to the company, the case is designed to provide enthusiasts to build 'highest performing system' while sticking to simple appearance.
The left sidepanel designed is inspired by automotive 'suicide doors'. One panel with a lock is for the motherboard tray area, and another one dedicated for the HDD bay. The full-tower supports eATX form factor motherboards and has a very large support list for multiple fans and multiple radiator support.
Sharkoon has just added yet another ATX gaming chassis to its lineup of PC gaming hardware and accessories. The all new Sharkoon BD28 is a beefy PC case that features an acrylic side panel, internal cable management options, as well as USB 3.0 ports located in the front of the case. The BD28 comes in two colors, Black or Gunmetal, with LED accent lighting available in Red, Blue, and Green.
The case's motherboard tray is also color coded to the chassis's LED lighting scheme which is not something we see very often in the PC chassis market. The case is able to house tower-style air coolers up to 179mm in height while VGA cards up to 325mm are supported as well when all HDD cages are installed, while cards up to 415mm are able to fit if the HDD cage is removed.
Room for up to three 3.5-inch and four 2.5-inch storage drives is present while up to 3 cooling fans can be fitted to the chassis. Sharkoon felt it necessary to include room for two 5.25-inch devices as well, meaning those of you who still own an optical drive have room for your CD burning activities. Water cooling the BD28 is possible but a fully custom system with 240mm radiators or larger would be a tight fit, and I suggest looking at AIO liquid coolers if you chose to go with this case. The Sharkoon BD28 is available now and retails for about $60 USD.